Upcoming Events 2017

image Saturday, August 5, 2017
    Who: New Mexico Genealogolical Society Presents: A Salute to the Military
    Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of World War II: from New Mexico
        to the Philippines”
   Description: Nancy's talk will describe the New Mexico Guardsmen who were sent to the
        Philippians in the fall of 1941, and who were forced to surrender to the Japanese forces
        on April 9, 1942, on the Bataan Peninsula. Her photos depict the camps where the POWs
        were sent, and of the ceremony in Santa Fe in their honor every April 9th.

        10:30–11:30 a.m.

        Special Collections Library
        Central & Edith
        Albuquerque, NM

        Henrietta M. Christmas

image Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Who: The Best Little Book Club
    Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of WWII: Who Were They and How Did
        the Authors Come to Tell Their Stories?"
        5:30 p.m.

        Home of Sylvia Johnson
        (address to come)
        Santa Fe, NM

        Tana Mendes Bidwell, President

image Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (Photo at left: Navajo Code Talker Fred Billey, an educator.)
    Who: By invitation of the San Juan County Historical Society
    Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of World War II: The Navajo
        Code Talkers' Indispensable Secret Role in the Pacific Theater”
   Description: From 1942 until the end of World War II the Navajo code was never broken by
        the enemy. Between 350–420 young Navajo U.S. Marines, trained in a unique language, fought
        from Guadalcanal through Okinawa, a territory of Japan. Their military commander claimed
        that they shortened the war by a year.

        She'll describe how the code was initiated by the original 29 Navajo U.S. Marine radiomen
        who had deep knowledge of Navajo culture and environment, how the number of code talkers
        expanded to serve in six Marine divisions forcing increased vocabulary as new technology
        was introduced on the battlefield, and how the "code-within-a-code" protected its secrecy.
        With precise accuracy the code was put to use in the Pacific theater allowing the allied forces
        to island hop and get closer to target Japan.

        Bartlit wil wrap up this story by revealing exactly what happened to the code talkers
        following the war.

        5:00–7:00 p.m.

        Aztec Senior Community Center
        101 S. Park Ave.
        Aztec, New Mexico 87410

        Patty Tharp